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The Past - You can learn a lot from it

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The past - can you learn from it?
There is a difference between thinking about the past, living in it, and wanting to change or erase it. Sometimes we live in the past because it's familiar — we know what happened, so there are no surprises. Maybe, from time to time, we are tempted to revisit the past because we’re comforted by the “good old days” As an Enneagram Four I totally get that one of the biggest challenges I face is learning to let go of feelings from the past…sigh.
More recently there’s a media and social buzz about editing the past, because it makes some feel uncomfortable. But, One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.~Golda Meir
I suppose for some ppl living in the past allows them to avoid dealing with issues in the present. Consider that forgetting our own history, personal or social, sets us up for possibly not fully understanding the present and our role in it. To forget our story is to abandon who we are and why we ar…

Adaptability 1.0

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Is the Character of Adaptability and  Flexibility working in you? One definition of adaptability is the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions; the ability of an entity or organism to alter itself or its responses to the changed circumstances or environment. I think Christ was a classic quintessential example of adaptability: The Son of God also became the Son of Man. The Apostle Paul added some practicum to the subject of adaptability and flexibility when he wrote to the church saying: “…I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life…”
By being malleable, we …

Winds of Change

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When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living and gathered in Jerusalem. They were together out of respect for Shavuot, a Jewish holiday which celebrates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.
No coincidence. In God’s perfect timing He shared the gift of Torah and the promise of the Holy Ghost, both given to propel his people into a different yet deeper story with their creator. So we acknowledge: God spoke through His prophet Joel, proclaiming — In the last days, I will offer My Spirit to humanity, a second gift. Now, your children will boldly speak the word of the Lord. Even your elders will dream dreams and young warriors will see visions. Today I shall offer My Spirit to all people - male and female, equally they will receive…

What If I Had Shown Up?

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming."~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1910 Entering the arena is intimidating. If you enter you may get hurt. You will feel pain, grief, and shame. But you will also know love. We’re hardwired for belonging and loving. To deny ourselves love and belonging is to deny our own humanity.
By entering the arena you may lose, but by forever remaining in the stands you ensure you never win. Vulnerability can be terrifying, but it’s far less so than getting to the end of your life and wondering “what if”? What if I had shown up? 
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An Interactive Study - the Call to Courage

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With one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, research professor and best-selling author Dr. Brené Brown challenges you to show up, step into the arena and answer the call to courage.
Join us Wednesday May 29th @ 7pm has we interact with this incredible video lesson. Discuss what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
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The Call to Courage - A Study

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"We can’t go it alone. We’re neuro-biologically hardwired for other people. In the absence of connection, love and belonging, there is always suffering," ~ Brene' Brown  The Call to Courage, an interactive video study Wednesday May 22 @ 7pm Brene’ Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has been studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame for the past 10 years.  “Vulnerability is hard and it’s scary and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, or scary or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves: What if I would’ve shown up?” – Brené Brown #Pkes#MetroLifeChurch#MinistryinMotion
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Wednesday May 15th

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Wednesday May 15th @ 7pm Kernels of Wheat and Vino from the Vine, the mystery of the Eucharist. God through Jesus Christ makes himself present to humanity by ordinary elements:grain and grapes.
Grain and grapes that come from God’s good earth. Interestingly, the Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist, the Last Supper or was it the first, is not just a combination of unprocessed grain and freshly picked grapes.
Here lies the divine mystery: grain and grapes are made bread and wine, because of human efforts. See how clearly we communicate the sacred sacrament, the body of Christ broken and blood shed for each of us.We do this remembering Emmanuel, God with us.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” ~Book of Common Prayer #MetroLifeChurch #MinintryinMotion

Soul Control or Sole Control

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There’s an unseen battle raging in the world today. It’s not a battle over politics, society, or even the world’s events. It’s about you. Who you really are, why you are here, and what your life means. It’s a battle for control of your soul. Who’s in control? Join us Wednesday May 8th @ 7pm as we dive into Soul or Sole Control, an interactive participatory discussion hosted by David King.
We're a  Community who gathers each Wednesday at 7pm. A church for those who aren't into church. A spot for truthful reflection & study. A bastion of grace, accepting those who are single or married, divorced or gay, filthy rich or dirt poor. We welcome you if you sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor. Join us if you are inked, pierced or both. We don't care if you're more Catholic than the Pope or haven't been to church since the last wedding you attended. We  want you to lean in if you are a NASCAR guy or a vegan tree hugger. Pharisees. Romans. Prostitutes. Saints or Sin…

Lenten Journey

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Like other emotions, anger is accompanied by physiological and biological changes.  When you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Your rate of breathing increases and your body's muscles tense. Anger will not help you live a good life as God wants…put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong you do. Don’t be proud but accept God’s teaching…This teaching can save your souls. [1] Anger feeds anger. Beware of cultivating perpetual rage. There's much to be angry about; So much to lament over.Our souls cannot bear the strain of endless seething.  On this year's Lenten journey I choose to be ...



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The Tribulation

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It’s important that we pay attention to the Bible’s prophetic passages and study God’s plan for the future. Though we won’t know the date, time or hour of our being caught up to meet the Lord in the sky or Jesus’ Second Coming, we can be aware of all that is going on around us so that we are living the life God intended for us in Christ. Our first priority as the church is not to correctly connect all the political and social dots of world happenings,  but to be a prophetic witness to the hope of a world remade according to the Christ. So let's ponder and discuss and maybe even disagree with each other, in love, about futuristic terms like Rapture and Tribulation and Second Coming ... Join us Wednesday March 20th @ 7pm for an  interactive conversation about the 'End Times'
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